- Elevation: 1,493 m (4,898 ft)
- Prominence: 856 m
- Ribu category: Spesial
- Province: Peninsular Malaysia
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none.
Gunung Nuang is Kuala’s Lumpur’s closest major mountain. It is one of the highest peaks in Selangor and it is very popular because both trailheads are only around one hour’s drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur. Despite being so close to KL, the mountain is still home to a lot of wildlife and hornbills are frequently seen on the Janda Baik side of the range.
The most popular trail is the Kuala Pangsoon trail from Hulu Langat, which is on the KL side (south-west). Most hikers require about 9-10 hours in total (5 hours up and 4 hours down).
The trail from Hulu Langat is as follows: Pangsoon (200m) – Camp Lolo (580m) – Camp Pacat (1,080m) – Pengasih summit (1,450m) – Nuang summit. It is about 5km along a track from the trailhead to Camp Lolo, after which the real ascent begins.
Unless you can arrange transport to make a traverse of the mountain straightforward, we recommend the easier, shorter and wilder trail from the north-east at Janda Baik (approximately 500m above sea level). Not only will you start higher up, but you will also meet less hikers and see more wildlife. This trail requires around 4 hours up and 3 hours back down.
Janda Baik itself is almost the opposite of the nearby Genting Highlands monstrosity. Spread out over several kilometres, this very laidback and traditional valley feels a long, long way from Kuala Lumpur. In the late 1980s, when this trail was first opened, there was still evidence of elephants, pangolins and tigers. Most of these have sadly disappeared from the forests, being poached, dwindling in number and migrating eastwards, but there are still tapirs, siamangs and black panthers. There are also leeches, but in dry conditions you may only encounter one or two.
The Janda Baik route is also less bureaucratic than the Langat side, with no official entrance ticket and merely a barrier and forestry sign (545m) on the track leading towards the forest. From this barrier, follow the track until you reach a junction (670m) with a narrow, muddy trail slightly on the right leading into the forest. There are a few bamboo obstalces here before the trail becomes much clearer and easier, following a water pipe for a significant way, past a small stream on the right (790m) before dropping down to a small river (775m) with a pleasant waterfall just two minutes away to the right which is worth a minor detour on the way back down.
After the river, the trail gets more steep for a while, but for the most part it is very pleasant, albeit rather muddy in some places. At 1,250m, you will reach a minor junction with a rarely-used trail to the obscure Bukit Repin (1,341m) which is a considerable distance away. There are boundary markers in this section of forest signifying the meeting of the states of Pahang and Selangor.
After this are some large boulders (1,390m) and a couple of steep sections with small ropes to assist you. Soon you will be at a small metal barrier on the right of the path, where there is a great panorama in clear weather. Two minutes later you will be at a small clearing which is the summit, marked with a sign, a flag and a large metal ‘beirut’. There are also a couple of very tame squirrels so keep your bags securely closed unless you want to lose your snacks to them!
Bagging information by Dan Quinn (February 2019)
- Getting there: No easy way to either trailhead with public transport. Best use Grab, taxi or private car.
- Accommodation: Lots of simple riverside accommodation spread out over several kilometres at Janda Baik.
- Permits: Register at the Langat trailhead. Not required at the Janda Baik side. Usually closed November to January.
- Water sources: Available from the river at Camp Lolo om the Langat route and the waterfall (775m) on the Janda Baik route.
- Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.
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